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First death benefit claim for contracting COVID-19 while working

In Sara v G & S Sara Pty Ltd [2021] NSWPIC 286 the applicant made a claim for compensation after her husband passed away due to contracting the COVID-19 virus whilst on a work trip in New York. The respondent, G & S Sara Pty Ltd, was one of a group of companies in the Stoneglass Group that provided dental technician products and services across the healthcare sector in Australia and the United States, and the deceased worker was a director of each of the entities in the Stoneglass Group.
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Satisfying the ‘consequential injury’ threshold: When is a consequential injury not a consequential injury?

Injured worker’s entitlements to many compensation entitlements are intricately linked to various WPI thresholds
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No s66 compensation payable when death follows shortly after an injury

The court of appeal handed down its decision in Hunter Quarries Pty Limited v Alexandra Mexon as Administrator for the Estate of the Late Ryan Messenger [2018] NSWCA 178 on 16 August 2018. It is a significant pronouncement by the full court confirming no s66 compensation is payable where death occurs within a short time after the injury.
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Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017- Effects on Section 151Z(1)(d) – Indemnity Claims

The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 commences operation on 1 December 2017.

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